Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee

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Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee
不當黨產處理委員會
Búdàng Dǎngchǎn Chǔlǐ Wěiyuánhuì
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Agency overview
Formed 31 August 2016
Jurisdiction  Republic of China
Headquarters Zhongshan, Taipei
Agency executives
Website www.cipas.gov.tw

The Ill-gotten Party Assets Settlement Committee (CIPAS; Chinese: 不當黨產處理委員會; pinyin: Búdàng Dǎngchǎn Chǔlǐ Wěiyuánhuì) is an independent government agency of the Republic of China responsible for the investigation and returning of ill-gotten assets of political parties and their affiliated organizations during the martial law period in Taiwan.[1] All parties established before the lifting of martial law, 15 July 1987, are required to report their party assets to the committee. As the dominant party during the martial law period, the Kuomintang (KMT) and its affiliate organizations are the main targets of this investigation. The council is headquartered in Zhongshan District, Taipei.

History[edit]

The Act Governing the Handling of Ill-gotten Properties by Political Parties and Their Affiliate Organizations was passed in July and Wellington Koo, one of the main authors of the Act, was named as the committee chairman in August.[2][3] He stepped down from the Legislative Yuan to take the appointment.[4] Koo assumed the committee chairmanship despite the Kuomintang citing Article 20 of the Act, which requires nonpartisan committee members, in its objections to Koo's leadership.[5][6] Koo named most of the committee members on 24 August, and the group was officially established on 31 August.[7][8] With the establishment of the committee, the KMT has insisted that it has been illegally and unconstitutionally persecuted and that the investigation is a political witch hunt.[9][10] However, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) maintained that the means are necessary for achieving transitional justice and leveling the playing field for all political parties.[10] In September 2017 Koo left the chairman post in a cabinet reshuffling and was succeeded by Lin Feng-cheng.

Chairpersons[edit]

  Democratic Progressive Party   New Power Party

Name Term of Office Days Political Party Premier
1 Wellington Koo (顧立雄) 31 August 2016 8 September 2017 373 Democratic Progressive Party Lin Chuan
2 Lin Feng-cheng (林峯正) 8 September 2017 Incumbent 375 New Power Party William Lai


References[edit]

  1. ^ "不當黨產處理委員會 執掌與組織". Retrieved 2017-09-09. 
  2. ^ "Koo named head of ill-gotten assets committee". China Post. 10 August 2016. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Chung, Jake (26 July 2016). "Legislature approves law on ill-gotten party assets". Taipei Times. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  4. ^ Tzou, Jiing-wen; Chin, Jonathan (10 August 2016). "Koo to head new assets commission". Taipei Times. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Yang, Chun-hui; Chung, Li-hua; Chung, Jake (12 August 2016). "Committee may question Ma, Lee: Koo". Taipei Times. Retrieved 12 August 2016. 
  6. ^ Hsu, Stacy (11 August 2016). "Koo's appointment ill-judged: KMT". Taipei Times. Retrieved 11 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Yang, Chun-hui; Chin, Jonathan (24 August 2016). "Members named for assets committee". Taipei Times. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  8. ^ Tai, Ya-chen; Hsieh, Chia-chen; Hsu, Elizabeth (31 August 2016). "Commission to investigate KMT assets launched". Central News Agency. Retrieved 31 August 2016. 
  9. ^ Yang, Chun-hui; Lin, Liang-sheng; Chung, Jake (30 October 2016). "Party assets committee to probe China Youth Corps". Taipei Times. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "Kuomintang remains Taiwan's richest party with reported assets of S$815 million". Straits Times. 17 July 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017. 

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